Barra hitting live bait
IN THE wake of Cyclone Debbie, Ryan Fuller from Whitsunday Fishing World reports there has not been much action around the island-fringing reefs.
THE rock walls have been the pick of spots over the last week for those who have managed to get out for a fish.
Live baiting seems to be the most consistent way to get connected to a barramundi. For the lure throwers, try using lures with loud rattles and strong actions, as these fish tend to move about and there will be more chance of finding your offering.
Grunter were starting to show up at the Whisper Bay rock wall. Try using peeled prawns lightly weighted and a running sinker rig to produce some fish.
The run-in tide at Cannonvale Beach using peeled prawns has been working for some quality whiting.
THE majority of the fish seem to be schooling up in the main basin at the moment which means trolling five to eight metre divers.
Or dropping big plastic and vibes into these schools of fish once they are found on the sounder.
Looking out for bird activity on the water will point you in the right direction as they will be onto the bait schools the barramundi will be feeding on.
THE rivers should start to fish well now that we are coming off the full moon and the flood waters are starting to subside.
It will still pay to be careful while travelling the rivers as there will still be a bit of debris flowing down most.
Reports have been very positive for those hoping for a feed of crabs.
Cast netting the gutters and drains on the dropping tide should get a feed of fresh prawns for yourself and they make great bait.
Fishing live baits or trolling five metre divers will be the best way to hook into some barra, salmon and grunter as the rivers will still be running a bit dirty.
THERE hasn’t been much reported for around the islands.
The smaller tides and hopefully dropping winds should put things back into our favour.
Finding cleaner water is the key for looking into some reef fish in the shallow water.
Sweetlip and blues have been readily taking lightly weighted pilchard or prawn baits.
If the wind calms down conditions will be very favourable for fishing the deeper water for red emperor, nannygai and fingermark.
Good luck out there and stay safe on the water over the Easter break.
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MAGIC MARLIN: Crewman Paul Moran holds up one of three juvenile black marlin caught and released at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing. Have you landed a big catch recently? Email photos to editor@whitsunday times.com.au
Local lad Zac Gould with his first shark mackerel caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sportfishing.
Felix Grey with a nice mac tuna caught while on charter with Reel Addiction Sportfishing.